First Round – 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Muldoon Field, Nashua, N.H.
FINAL: RIVIER 6, SUFFOLK 1
NASHUA, N.H.-- Freshman Nikki Bondanza (Shrewsbury, Mass.) rapped out three hits and drove in three runs to back a three-hit complete game performance on the mound by sophomore Monica White (Augusta, Maine) as sixth-seeded Rivier posted a 6-1 victory over seventh-seeded Suffolk in first round play of the 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Softball Championships Tuesday afternoon at Muldoon Field.
The host Raiders, who improve to 20-11 overall on the season, advance to the double-elimination format of the tournament, which begins on Thursday afternoon. Rivier will square off against either top-seeded Pine Manor or second-seeded Simmons.
Sacrifice flies off the bats of Bondanza and junior Jenna Beadle (Rumney, N.H.) staked the Raiders to a 2-0 first inning lead, and Beadle extended the hosts’ advantage to 3-0 in the third with an RBI single. The visiting Rams, who finish the season at 17-20 overall, got on the board in the top of the fourth when freshman Monica Cioffi (East Boston, Mass.) singled, stole second and scored on an RBI double by junior Jess Ferreira (Cambridge, Mass.), but Rivier extended its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the frame on Bondanza’s two-run double and closed out the scoring in the sixth on an RBI single off the bat of sophomore Brenna Campbell (Nashua, N.H.).
Campbell joined Bondanza with three hits in the triumph for the Raiders, as White chipped in with a pair of hits at the plate while striking out nine to pick up her 15th win of the season for Rivier. Ferreira collected two of Suffolk’s three hits on the afternoon, as the reigning Great Northeast Player of the Year finished the season with a .545 batting average that included 60 hits, 18 doubles and 51 RBI, as she ended the year with more total bases (118) than at-bats (110). Senior Jenna Mourey (Rochester, N.Y.) allowed four earned runs and fanned three in her final collegiate appearance on the mound for the Rams, ending the year at 10-10 overall.
123 456 7 R H E
Suffolk (17-20) 000 100 0 - 1 3 2
Rivier (20-11) 201 201 x - 6 12 1
SUF: Jenna Mourey and Ashley Gaboriault
RIV: Monica White and Jenna Beadle
WP: White (15-6) LP: Mourey (10-10)